Best 15 Watt Tube Combo Amps

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Although today’s market offers a vast array of quality amps from all niches, the fact very much remains that tube amps are still kings of the amplifier domain. The sound quality is just out of this world and if you’re looking for the best, tubes are what you’re after.

microsoft office professional 2016 student price And a thing with tube amps is that they are really strong, a 15W tube amp can often equate to a 100W standard amp, meaning that a 15W tube amp is more than strong enough for gigs, so do consider that. Anyhow, here’s a list of best 15 watt tube combo amps for you to check.

What is the best 15 watt tube combo amp

– Orange Tiny Terror 15 Watt Tube Amp

Orange Tiny Terror 15 Watt Tube Amp TT15H portable guitar head with padded gig bag - MusicFutures -

microsoft office professional 2016 student price We’ll kick it off with a distinctive orange fella named – Orange. The legendary company is a proud presenter of one of the strongest and most affordable tube amps for the given power and quality, the Tiny Terror.

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microsoft office professional 2016 student price The name suits this product very well – it’s a fairly small amp, very easy to transport, yet packed with loads of gritty power. Outstandingly strong, it’s most suited for rock and metal players. The tone is adjusted through standard Gain, Tone and Volume controls. Additionally, the wattage can be brought down to 7 watts in order to achieve lower-volume saturation.

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microsoft office professional 2016 student price Rock ‘n’ roll, ladies and gents, rock ‘n’ roll. We’re talking signature tube vibe here, loud, gritty and proud, just so you know what to expect. However, don’t look at this one as a death metal amp, there’s plenty of finesse and grace to go around. In fact, the Tiny Terror can be easily adjusted to fit a fairly vast array of styles, it’s just a matter of properly utilizing the knobs and tweaks.

– Fender ’65 Princeton Reverb

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb 15-Watt 1x10-Inch Guitar Combo Amp - MusicFutures

Up next- a trusty Fender. Apart from the company’s distinctive look and feel, this amplifier brings loads of power to the table. When you think about that edgy sound of your favorite guitar heroes, you are probably thinking Fender tube amps.

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The item offers it 15 watts of tube power through a single 10″ Jensen C-10R, 8 Ohm, 40 watt speaker with a ceramic magnet. Some of the traditional Fender aspects also implemented in this amp are the iconic long-spring Fender reverb and tube vibrato.

autocad lt 2012 Also included in the mix are the amp cover and a two-button footswitch for vibrato and reverb.

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autocad lt 2012 Apart from the classic tube power and strong output, the word quite suitable for describing this amp’s sound would be vintage. Very fitting for everything from blues and country through jazz and up to hard rock, the amp offers a decent stylistic range, although the classic rock and blues realms are where it arguably shines the most.

– Vox Night Train NT15C1-G2

Vox Night Train NT15C1-G2 1x12 15-Watt Tube Combo - MusicFutures

autocad lt 2012 We started with the amp most suitable for heavier music, and we’ll round up the list with the product most fitting for lighter, blues-driven players. It’s the Vox Night Train, another lean and mean representative of the 15 watt tube club.

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So, the amp brings 15 watts of power delivered through a single 12-inch Celestion G12M Greenback speaker, offers a switch between Bright and Girth channels, has a distinctive bluesy look, as well as standard tone adjustments through bass, middle and treble knobs.

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Fairly versatile, and can range from standard chunky bits to modern high-gain licks, it all depends on how you set the thing up.  The tone is fairly easy to manipulate, although users have pointed out that the clean channel really stands out on this one, so if you’re a player who utilizes a lot of clean electric guitar, this Vox just might be your weapon of choice.

Conclusion

If you want to deliver heavy power in a small package, 15 watt tube amps are the thing you’ve been looking for. And you can hardly find better models than the fine three lads we’ve listed. Essentially, any of them will do a great job, but to find the one that will blow you away, you need to know what sound you want to produce. Once that is out of the way, all that’s left is to rock out.

Essentially, any of them will do a great job, but to find the one that will blow you away, you need to know what sound you want to produce. Once that is out of the way, all that’s left is to rock out.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Ah yes, the Orange! Ever since I saw Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath using it, I’ve been strangely drawn to those orange beasts. I’ve owned 7 different Orange amps over the years, and they absolutely rule when it comes to sludge sound! Tiny Terror was one of them, and I still use it when I jam at home. Funny how three knobs turn out to be all you need to get a killer sound:)

  2. When it comes to 15s, I’ve learned over time that Fender really rules this department. I’m not saying that a Fender is my favorite stage amp, but when it comes to 15s for house practice, Fender is unbeatable. And the choice they gave here is indeed one of the best, nicely done!

  3. I’m not a Fender fan, but that Princeton model changed my mind a bit. My sister uses it as her house amp and she always gets the better sound than I get through my small 10 watt Marshall when we jam at the house. But when we hit the stage with big amps, now there’s a different story lol

  4. Vox is a blues amp, and blues is where it shines. I’ve seen people trying to rock on it, to metal on it, to jazz on it, but the only ones who got the magic out were the blues wailers. So yes, Vox is a blues amp.

  5. Wait, what about Marshall?! If you want a rock amp, you want a Marshall! Sure, Orange is OK, but that over a Marshall?! No way, Hose…

  6. ’65 Princeton Reverb user of five years here, a very satisfied customer too. Here’s what I can add.
    Good stuff: great sound, durability, reliability, easy to use, versatile.
    Not so good stuff: Theres’s this metallic rattle buzz that drives me nuts every once in a while! I managed to fix that only after taking it to the pro. Anyone got some suggestions about this issue?

  7. Not bad choices, but the best option in my opinion is BUGERA. Seriously, if you’re looking for a vintage sound, I say check out the BUGERA 15, it’s got everything from the essential tone quality to killer looks!

  8. “Rock ‘n’ roll, ladies and gents, rock ‘n’ roll. We’re talking signature tube vibe here, loud, gritty and proud, just so you know what to expect. However, don’t look at this one as a death metal amp, there’s plenty of finesse and grace to go around.” Agreed with every, single, word.

  9. Iommi hooked me to Orange, even though I’m more into modern metal stuff. And just so we’re clear, Orange is NOT just for old-school stuff. In fact, it enriches your sound if you play groove or modern metal. Orange all the way!

  10. Agreed about all three. It’s not easy to pinpoint just three amps since there are a lot of quality 15s out there, but if I was making a list, there’s a good chance each of these amp would make the top 10 list.

  11. Vox, awesome! I’ve been playing two different Vox amps throughout the years, and I can say I’m very satisfied with the results. Their house amps are equally powerful as the big ones, and that’s awesome for retaining your sound if you’re making the big switch!

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